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America’s Scientists To House Science Committee: Go Away

Lamar SmithSeven major American scientific societies sent a letter to Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) on Tuesday, rebuking the congressman and defending a paper published in Science last year that Smith has been investigating in his role as chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

“Scientists should not be subjected to fraud investigations or harassment simply for providing scientific results that some may see as politically controversial,” wrote the scientists.


Dem accuses GOP chairman of ‘witch hunt’ in climate probe

Dem accuses GOP of climate witch huntThe top Democrat on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee is fighting back against what she calls a “witch hunt” and “harassment” over climate change science by the committee’s chairman.

In a blistering public letter, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) accused Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) of an illegitimate, politically driven probe that makes a mockery of Congress’s investigative powers.


Earth-like world could be 'most important planet found outside solar system'

earth-like worldA rocky Earth-sized planet that circles a small, nearby star could be the most important world ever found beyond the solar system, astronomers say.

The planet lies in the constellation of Vela in the southern sky and is close enough for telescopes to observe any atmosphere it has, a procedure that could help spot life on other planets in the future.


Study may have found evidence of alternate, parallel universes

parallel universesAn astrophysicist says he may have found evidence of alternate or parallel universes by looking back in time to just after the Big Bang more than 13 billion years ago.

While mapping the so-called "cosmic microwave background," which is the light left over from the early universe, scientist Ranga-Ram Chary found what he called a mysterious glow, the International Business Times reported.


Astronomers spot closest, most massive double star i

Cllosest, most massive double starAstronomers have spotted an extreme binary star system. It's closer, hotter and more massive than any double star ever observed.

The research team spotted the binary system, called VFTS 352, while scanning the Tarantula Nebula using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope. The double star is 160,000 light-years away.

The centers of the two stars are separated by roughly one million miles, completing their orbit around each other in less than a day. Together their mass is equal to 57 suns. Each star burns at a temperature of 40,000 degrees Celsius.


Trio awarded chemistry Nobel for work on DNA repair

Nobel Prize Chemistry 2015Three scientists from Sweden, the United States and Turkey were awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for showing how cells repair damaged DNA, work that can be used to develop new cancer treatments.

Swedish scientist Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Modrich and U.S.-Turkish national Aziz Sancar shared the $960,000 award.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said their work on DNA repair can be used for the development of new cancer treatments.


Nobel Prize for missing piece in neutrino mass puzzle

Nobel PrizeTakaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for discovering that tiny particles called neutrinos change identities as they whiz through the universe, proving that they have mass.

By uncovering the "chameleon-like" nature of neutrinos, the laureates had solved a long-standing puzzle in particle physics that could alter our grasp of the cosmos, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said.


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